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May 1999
Articles > World Mission > Asia > South Eastern Asia > Philippines

A visit to the Philippines

The rain was torrential, but the joy in the faces of the people was wonderful. It was the afternoon of Friday 26 February, and it was my privilege to be speaking at the Sovereign Grace Bible Church in Labo, a town about 225 miles south-east of Manila. The pastor there, Val Tanierla, had invited…

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May 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

An Alpha Course checklist

For those who wish to pursue the matter further, we recommend a booklet by Chris Hand entitled Falling Short? The Alpha Course examined (Day One Publications). The following 'checklist' of problems associated with the Alpha Course is based loosely on this booklet. The Alpha Course is unashamedly Arminian and charismatic in character. It presents…

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May 1999
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Southern Asia > India

Blessing in India

I have been privileged once again to visit Repalle, Andhra Pradesh, accompanied by Tim and Norm, two men from my church, who participated in the ministry. The trip had a profound effect upon them, as they witnessed the extreme and extensive poverty, the intensive depth of spirituality of the believers, and the response of…

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May 1999
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > South Korea

Letter from Korea

Fourteen months ago the economic situation in Korea began to deteriorate rapidly and unexpectedly. Though there are now small signs of recovery, the economy has still a long way to go to get back to where it was. This crisis has burst the unreal, ‘bubble’ base of our national economy. It has made Koreans…

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May 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Forgiveness

What would you give to know that all your sins are forgiven and forever forgotten by God? What would you give, if you could somehow wipe the slate clean, absolutely clean, and know that the holy Lord God will never charge you with, condemn you for, or in any way punish you because of…

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May 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Just say ‘I’m sorry’

Kassandra grimaced. Tears began to well up in her eyes. The problem? A little matter of forgiveness. She had just walloped one of her sisters and her mother was urging her, ‘All I want you to do is tell Adrianna you’re sorry’. From across the room I could see resistance stiffening her body. Kassandra…

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May 1999
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

The design of man

The Bible teaches that man is unique among the creatures of the earth because he has a soul and was made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). The Bible also declares that man is wonderfully made: ‘I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are your works, and that…

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May 1999
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Southern Europe > Italy

Literature in Italy

The year 1998 rushed by like the wind and we’ve already plunged into our work for 1999 at full speed. We thank the Lord for all the grace and patience he continues to show us. We are grateful for the number of books that we were able to distribute last year (the total since…

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May 1999
Articles > Guest column

Does God promise health and wealth? Trusting God when the light fades.

According to Thomas Brooks, ‘as a Christian is never out of the reach of God’s hand, so he is never out of the view of God’s eye’. It is a consoling truth which every wise Christian takes to heart. For life, the Christian life, can be hard. Losses and crosses are the lot of…

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May 1999
Articles > Cults and other religions

Exclusive Brethren – Taylorites: 2

A cult. That was the claim I made in last month’s article regarding the Raven/Taylor group within the Exclusive Brethren movement. Here are some reasons in support of this claim. Allegiance Firstly, members must give total allegiance to their leaders. Jim Taylor Sr died in 1953 and six years later his son established himself…

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Review

May 1999
Reviews > Book

Van Til’s Apologetic; Readings and Analysis

Cornelius Van Til (1895-1987) taught apologetics (the defence of the faith) at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, from 1929 until his retirement in 1972. He was a major figure in the development of the seminary and its influence in promoting the Reformed faith. He pioneered a new way of doing apologetics, which has come to…

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May 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Questions of life: Is the Alpha Course biblical?

In the letters page of last month’s issue of Evangelical Times certain questions were raised about the Alpha Course. It was pointed out that it is unjust to criticise without substantiation, and the question posed by the correspondents amounts to this: Is the Alpha Course biblical, and if not, what evidence can be brought…

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May 1999
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > China

Letter from Hong Kong

Prior to its return to China probably the most frequently asked question about Hong Kong was, ‘What will it be like after [1 July] 1997?’ Now, almost two years after the hand-over, ‘Business as usual’ is probably the simplest answer. It is also appropriate, because business is what Hong Kong is largely about and…

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May 1999
Articles > World Mission > Americas > North America > United States of America

Pastoring in Mill Valley, California

Mill Valley is at the southern end of Marin, which is one of the counties in the San Francisco Bay area. On Easter Sunday somewhat less than 3% of the population there turns out for a church service. As far as I know there is not a Reformed congregation in Marin, apart from Miller…

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May 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Eschatology: The end of the world

Most people do not know it, but this world will come to an end. People think that because the world has continued in the same way for as long as they have known it, this world will go on existing as it is for a long, long time. Some think that when our sun…

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May 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

The five points of Calvinism (3) – Unconditional Election

Perhaps the most distinctive feature of Calvinism is predestination; that is, God’s sovereign choice from all eternity of some among fallen humanity to be saved and receive eternal life. This further involves the passing-by of others, who are left in their sin and ultimately condemned as reprobate. This doctrine affirms that if any are…

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May 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Soul confusion

Larry King Live on 16 March 1999 featured five panelists: Robert Thurman, professor of Buddhism Studies at Columbia University; Marianne Williamson, New Age author and spokesperson for the spiritistically channelled Course in Miracles; Rabbi David Aaron, expert on and proponent of Kabbalism, an occult/mystical/gnostic interpretation of Judaism; Deepak Chopra, charismatic spokesperson for a popular…

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Historical

May 1999
Articles > Historical

The Cambuslang Awakening of 1742 (1)

The parish of Cambuslang lies five miles to the south-east of Glasgow, just south of the River Clyde. Today it is a district typical of the central belt of Scotland. It lies in the shadow of the great Ravenscraig steel mill, and as a result its economy and society were depressed by the decline…

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